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Release: March 17, 2003

High School Students Honored At Science Symposium

Five student presenters at the 41st Annual Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) held Feb. 21-22 at the University of Iowa earned a trip to the National JSHS in Colorado Springs, Colo. and a $750 scholarship to the University of Iowa.

The UI Opportunity at Iowa Office hosted the symposium for 160 students, 17 of whom presented research papers, from 16 high schools throughout Iowa.

Rachael Collier of Mediapolis High School, Mediapolis, Iowa, took first place with her presentation -- "Comparative Bioassay of Bacillus thurnigiensis Zea mays Pollen to non-Bacillus thuringiensis Zea mays Pollen, Rotenone, and Carbaryl on Danaus plexippus Larvae" -- and was awarded a $4,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. She will be presenting her paper April 30-May 4 at the National JSHS and competing against 47 other student researchers from the United States. Collier will compete for a chance to win additional scholarships and a chance to participate at the World Symposium in London to receive either the London International Youth Science Fortnight Award or Academy scholarships totaling more than $100,000.

Rachael Collier's teacher, Nancy Carter, will be awarded $500 to be used for books, supplies or other equipment to enhance science education.

The other finalists are: Heather LeFluer, West Central Valley High School, Redfield, Iowa, "The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Lactura sativa Phase III;" Sara Weirather, Central Lee High School, Donnellson, Iowa, "Growth Regulators of Agrobacterium tumefaciens Phase II;" Adam Forshier, West Central Valley High School, Redfield, Iowa, "Wind: Energy of the Future;" Arie Schiller, Central Lee High School, Donnellson, Iowa, "Investigations of Stages of the Fern Life Cycle and their Implications."

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program is held and sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Academy of Applied Science, Inc.

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